On Friday the Canadian transport authorities certified Bombardier's new jetliner, the CSeries100 as airworthy. It's the smaller 110-seat version of the plane. A larger model, the CSeries300, is expected to be certified within six months.
The certification process included more than 3,000 hours of flight tests. Bombardier said in a statement that the certification demonstrated that the 'whisper jet' Pratt and Whitney engines are the quietest in their category.
Marc Garneau, Transportation Minister and former astronaut said:
"The certification of Bombardier's CSeries is a historic moment for the Canadian aerospace industry." And he said "Bombardier can now take important final steps to deliver the CSeries to customers worldwide, such as seeking international approvals and training crews."
The CSeries program has been bailed out twice in recent months by the Quebec Government, with billions of dollars to help get the program off the ground.
Bombardier has 243 firm orders for both the CSeries100 and CSeries300. The CSeries100 is expected to go into service with Lufthansa by mid 2016 and the CSeries300 several months later.